If you have an iPhone 5 or an iPhone 6, and it suddenly starts making this incredibly loud alert notification noise – sort of like a bell at claxon level – that you can’t find any way to turn off, because there is no app doing it, here’s one possible reason. First, ask yourself if you have an Apple Watch.
If you do have an Apple Watch, there is a very good chance that what is happening is that for some reason your Apple Watch has triggered the “find my iPhone” function of your Apple Watch.
Tapping on the picture of the iPhone with the sound waves coming out of it will send a ping to your phone, and cause your iPhone to emit – well, claxon-level bell sounds – so that you can find it. Which is why they are crazy loud.
Now, here’s the thing: your Apple Watch only sends one ping to your phone, and your iPhone only emits one sound, for each time you tap the ‘find my iPhone’ icon.
However, sometimes, for some unknown reason the watch and phone seem to get into some sort of crazy loop, all on their own, without your even having activated the ‘find my phone’ function of the watch at all.
In fact, it’s happened to us once.
And the only way that we have figured out to stop it is to reboot your watch.
To reboot your Apple Watch, press and hold down the side button:
until you see this screen:
Slide the ‘Power Off’ slider to the right to turn your watch off.
Then to turn your watch back on, hold the side button down again until you see the Apple logo.
So far we haven’t heard of this happening a lot, but in case it happens to you, now you know what it is, and what to do about it.
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